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  1. For sure, I 100% agree. I've always worked in 8bit and definitely don't have any intention of switching to a higher bitrate (and doubling/quadrupling my file size in the process) just for the sake of smoother brushes. BUT. I have always worked in 8bit, even before switching to Affinity when I used Photoshop, and the brushes in PS were dithered and had no banding whatsoever, even in 8bit. I know this is possible, because Affinity dithers gradients in 8bit, but not the soft brushes. Gradient banding has absolutely no positive impact on anything, so I definitely think it can be looked into.
  2. Two features that would be incredibly useful when using the Crop Tool would be: 1: To be able to constrain the crop in the same way as when transforming a shape/rectangle. Using shift to constrain proportions, or cmd to resize from the centre point. It would be really helpful with speeding up the cropping process without having to place guides first. When working on a square canvas, for example, having the ability to constrain the square crop and resize from the centre point would be really useful. 2: Including snapping for the crop tool. Snapping the crop to extremities or elements within the canvas would be really handy, instead of first having to place a guide using the rulers and then snapping the crop to those rulers. If I had an image that was off of the canvas and wanted to crop the canvas to include it, it would be great to snap the crop tool to that image's edges so that I can neatly resize the canvas to include the added element. Two small features that I feel would make a huge difference.
  3. @MEB I echoe @RM f/g. It's not specific to pen or mouse input - it happens either way, but not every time.
  4. @RM f/g Ah, I see. Then I can only imagine it being something in the apps themselves as I'm using an XP-Pen Artist 22R Pro on an iMac with MacOS Catalina (very different to what you're using). Let's hope for a fix in the next update!
  5. @RM f/g I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad that I'm not the only one experiencing this, haha. Do you mind sharing your setup (more or less)? Just want to get an idea of what computer and tablet you're using - if you're using something similar to me then it could be an external issue that's impacting Affinity. For instance, if you're using an XP-Pen tablet (as I am) then it could potentially be caused by the drivers. Sadly I'm still having this issue, but I've just learned to live with it for the moment - for better or for worse.
  6. @Gabe Thanks for the tip and the quick response - I'll be sure to keep that in mind moving forward!
  7. @Gabe Hi Gabe. I did a bunch of work in Designer's pixel persona over the last two weeks and the brushes felt a bit off compared to Photo. Has the same fix you mentioned for Photo been applied to Designer as well, as the pixel brushes in Designer still feel like how they felt in Photo prior to the fix. *The brushes in Photo are so much better then they were before - thank you again for looking into this!
  8. @MEB Excellent, thank you! Not a big issue by any means, and not really affecting my workflow or anything, but I thought I'd mention it.
  9. This is a bit tricky to explain, so please bare with me. ๐Ÿ˜… I've noticed that when you have a few layers in a group, and the group itself has FX applied, when you merge layers within the group Affinity auto commits the FX, and because the layers are still in the group with FX applied, they get a second instance of the FX. Here's a quick example. I have a layer group with three layers. The group itself has an "Outer Shadow" effect applied, but the individual layers don't have any FX applied to themselves - see attachment. As such, the layers within the group are effected by the FX applied to the group itself, but when you remove them from the group the FX are no longer applied. With that in mind, I merged one of the layers in the group with the layer below it (also in the group) and now the Outer Shadow effect is automatically baked into the merged layers while still being applied to the group as a whole. I definitely don't think this is intentional/by design, as the layers within the group should surely remain untouched by the FX until the entire group is merged/rasterised. Let me know if you need more clarity - I can try and take a screen recording if that will help to explain.
  10. Hiya folks! ๐Ÿ–– I'm sure we're all dealing with the same stresses and frustrations brought on by the COVID-19 chaos (my country has been on full lockdown for a while now). It's important to stay busy to stop the cabin fever from kicking in, so I decided to create a little custom raster/pixel brush pack for Affinity apps - free for all! The brushes are not too complex, mimicking some traditional inking tools we all know and love, such as brush pens and fineliners. Perfect for those 'run-and-gun' illustrations where you just want to get to work and avoid the option-paralysis brought on by having to go through hundreds of custom brushes first. Included in the "Lockdown Liners" brush pack you'll find: 1 x HB Pencil (inspired by the Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil) 1 x Precision Eraser (inspired by the Tombow Mono eraser) 4 x Fineliners in Broad, Medium, Fine, and Ultra Fine (inspired by Pigma Micron technical pens) 1 x Brush Pen (inspired by the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip brush pen) 1 x Gel Pen (inspired by the Sakura Gelly Roll) Fully compatible with Affinity Photo for desktop and iPad, and Designer's Pixel Persona for desktop and iPad. *Best used with a drawing tablet or iPad with Apple Pencil to take full advantage of the pressure sensitivity that the brushes offer. I'll likely make a few tweaks to the pack as I go along, but I'll be sure to update it on Gumroad when I do so that everyone who has already downloaded it can be notified. Hopefully you can create some cool work with the brushes to help pass the time while we're all stuck indoors - if you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/christidutoit, I'd love to see what you make! Here's the download link to the brushes on Gumroad: http://www.gum.co/lockdownliners As mentioned, these brushes are totally free to download and use, just type $0 in the price tab and click "I Want This!". Stay safe out there! - Christi. โ˜ ๏ธ
  11. Thanks @MEB! It's not a train smash by any means (I usually just use the "Edit in Photo" feature when I need to do more complex selections), but I did find it a tad odd and figured I'd mention it.
  12. I pointed this out in a previous post, but there are some tools available in Designer for iPad's Pixel Persona that are not available in the desktop version. One tool that I constantly find myself needing on desktop is the Flood Selection Tool, which is available on iPad, but is strangely missing in the desktop version. Are you guys still planning on adding this tool to Designer for desktop?
  13. @Pลกenda I know about the quick 'edit' mode switch when using the pen tool - very handy! Something similar is also available for the Pixel Tool, where when you hold Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) to quickly transform the brush into an eraser (I this would actually be such a great tool for the normal brush tool too). With what I mentioned, it's a lot more versatile, as you wouldn't be limited any any specific tool. With the long press shortcuts (which would ultimately be very similar to the pen tool edit mode) I could be painting with the brush, quickly switch to the smudge brush tool, or eraser, or flood fill, or freehand selection, etc, and back to the brush with ease.
  14. Long-press shortcuts are super useful in other apps such as Photoshop, really help to speed up workflows, and I thought it might be a great little addition to Affinity apps too. I'm sure you already know what I'm talking about, but just for clarity: When you use a tool in PS, and press and hold a shortcut for another tool, you can temporarily use that tool until you stop pressing the shortcut. For instance, if you're using the brush tool, you can press and hold "E" to temporarily use the eraser tool, which then automatically switches back to the brush tool as soon as you stop pressing "E".
  15. @Gabe Update: While I haven't used this on something as complex as a full illustration to really take them for a proper 'test run', the brushes definitely feel much better, snappier, smoother and more accurate in the Beta! I can't pick up any latency on my side either. Thank you so much for looking into this - so excited for the official release so that I can start using the brushes on client work again. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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